The republic of Rwanda is located in mid-central and east Africa, a few degrees south of the Equator, the former Belgium colony, the country is known as ‘pays de mille collines’ or country of thousand hills, is bordered by and the Democratic Republic of Congo (to the west), Tanzania (to the East), Uganda (to the North) and Burundi (to the south).
- Country : Rwanda
- Capital: Kigali
- President: Paul KAGAME
- Population: 11.46 million (2012 world bank report), Around 12,000,000 million (2016)
- Superficie : 26 338 km square
- Official languages: Kinyarwanda, English and French.
- GDP: 8,096 USD billion (2015 world bank report)
- Currency: Rwanda Franc (current exchange rate $1 = 830.692083 rwf )
- Time zone : GMT + 2
Thousand hills, the country is so called the Switzerland of Africa because of it geographic emplacement, Rwanda has boundaries with four countries and set it as a land lock country, it is located at about 3,000 feet above the sea level, the country is located in Central East of Africa a few degrees south of the Equator. The Mount Karisimbi (sleeping volcano and the highest peak in country covered with snow on top) is a mark of travelers in the region, it makes a chain of mountains with other volcanoes like Sabyinyo, Muhabura… all those are so called the Virunga volcanic mountains. To the Westside of the country, there is Lake - Kivu located at 4,800 feet above sea level, the same lake that set a large boundary of Rwanda with D.R. of Congo.Economy
The soil of Rwanda is not rich with precious minerals; nevertheless its economy is based on agriculture for export like tea, coffee and flowers, also a minimum number of minerals are exported, about 85 % of population depends on agriculture activities and live in rural area, the country has actually a comfortable airline company ‘’ Rwanda air ‘’that is boosting also the country’s economy, the Lake Kivu keeps much more in term of Methane Gas for industry exploitation, this sector need much investment to fix the economy.
You cannot believe the Rwanda’s economy boosting after genocide, 23 years later with 1000, 000 people slaughtered during 1994, the county has never stop emerging in modernization its infrastructures in all forms ( roads, buildings, heath and socio-economic sector, with much effort and commitment of its citizens, Rwanda is getting a new face for its new generation.
Tourism plays a major role in Rwanda’s economy, with the famous mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park, this sector also boost the revenue of hotel business for direct tax.Intore (Traditional dance)
The amazing traditional dance of the Intores will make you speechless, the dance is the most popular one with traditional costumes, women and men combine to give out a spectacular show that takes your breath away, dance is always assimilated to the Rwanda traditional devotion that merely was based on unity, peace and lifestyle.Climate
Although it location to the equator, the few degree below, Rwanda has always two great seasons which are made up of two wet seasons and two dry seasons. Thus, the short wet season lasts from October up to mid- November, and the main rainy season lasts mid-March to the end of May. During the dry seasons, which last from December to April and from June to the beginning of September, the North West region (volcanic area) gets sometimes foggy with a chilly temperature, that why the favorable time of visiting the region is the dry season.RWANDA CULTURE
Agahugu katagira umuco karazimira «Rwanda proverb» there is no country without a culture, we believe that the identity of people is based on his own culture and the country’s existence is based on its history and culture heritage. Before the extension of European colony in Africa, Rwanda was leading by the monarchy power for more than four centuries, the country has a rich history that dates back to the Kingdoms, colonial and post colonial times but this remain undiscovered for decades. To restore the Rwanda historical values and aspects, since 2007 the government has set about six museums up today which come from only one museum dated before 1994 genocide, it gives the important of heritage sites by establishing the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) like: the Presidential Palace (Kanombe, kigali), king’s palace museum ( rukari, in nyanza distict), the Environmental Museum in Karongi district, the National Art Gallery-Rwesero (in Nyanza District), the History Museum (Kandt House in Kigali city)
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